Outside magazine, April 1996
That the BikeE semirecumbent bike looks something like a chopper with pedals is not entirely ironic. Sure, one is about staid utilitarianism, the other mostly about outlaw showiness. But chopper riders, beneath their bearded-and-tattooed facade, are really comfort-craving pussycats, and
The BikeE’s long wheelbase smooths out bumpy roads, and its long Stingray-style handlebars put the Sachs twist-type gear changers conveniently close to your chest. And though most recumbents are so low to the ground that they’re all but invisible to cars, the BikeE, by sacrificing aerodynamics for back support, places your head just slightly lower than a conventional bike.
The BikeE’s 21 speeds do help with getting its 28-pound heft up hills. But on the flats this recumbent shines, its 52-inch wheelbase providing such responsive steering that it even feels a little twitchy at first. Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to get that sensitive steering to work for you in the hairiest of urban conditions–dodging potholes, threading tight spaces, even
$895. From BikeE Corporation, 5460 S.W.